Nominate a colleague for the Excellence in Cancer Leadership Award!

Annually, the Colorado Cancer Coalition awards a leader in cancer care in Colorado. This person works every day to decrease the burden of those affected by cancer in Colorado. This person is also dedicated to the Colorado Cancer Coalition’s mission of engaging, facilitating, expanding and strengthening the statewide network dedicated to improving Colorado lives touched by cancer.

Through their work, they do one or more of the following:
-Strengthen and expand the statewide network of cancer stakeholders
-Promote and implement strategies that aid in the prevention of cancer
-Enhance and increase screening and early detection of cancer
-Educate and support efforts for high quality diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including cancer clinical research
-Promote and strengthen clinical and community approaches to cancer survivorship, including palliative and end-of-life care
-Eliminate barriers across the continuum of cancer prevention and care
Nominations are due by September 25, 2017
Nominate someone:
Colorado Colorectal Screening Program Western Slope Training in Partnership with the Colorado Cancer Coalition
August 24th
2 – 4:15 pm
You are also invited to attend the CCSP Western Slope Training beforehand from 8-2:00

Hampton Inn
205 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
The purpose of the RFA is to reduce chronic disease in Colorado by providing a comprehensive approach that focuses on prevention, early detection and treatment for cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic pulmonary disease.
The initiatives funded through this RFA will focus on further improving the health of Coloradans by building capacity and support for the implementation of chronic disease prevention and health promotion. This funding opportunity aims to fund organizations/agencies/collaborations across Colorado that will:
  • Focus on further reducing chronic disease in Colorado, specifically in populations most burdened by cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.
  • Put into practice evidence-based strategies and/or evidence-informed innovative approaches that advance the strategic direction of the CCPD Grants Program.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce the release of the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Request for Applications (RFA #6342).

This five-year RFA is a combined effort of cancer prevention programs at the CDPHE to promote and improve prevention and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer among underserved Coloradans. The following programs have joined together to coordinate efforts across various cancer types and strategies:

  • Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC)
  • Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)
  • Comprehensive Cancer Program (CCP)

This funding opportunity incorporates many of the services previously provided through the Women’s Wellness Connection Clinical Services, Targeted Outreach and Care Coordination grants, and the Clinic Quality Improvement for Population Health Initiative. All eligible organizations are encouraged to consider this opportunity.

The application deadline is July 17, 2017, at 12 p.m. MT. To download application materials and view more information on the application process,including eligibility to apply, please visit

Please help disseminate this announcement through your contacts.

The Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP) Advisory Board is requesting applications to fill a board vacancy starting in October 2017. All applicants must submit a completed application with their resume by close of business (5:00 pm M.T.) June 30, 2017 to Please see the attached vacancy announcement and application for more information and share broadly with your networks.


Vacancy Announcement – BCCSPVacancyAnnouncement

Vacancy Application – VacancyApplication

It’s time to elect a new Vice Chair for our Coalition. Dr. Madeleine Kane will continue to serve the CCC as the Past Chair, Dr. Cathy Bradley will transition from Vice Chair to Chair and Dr. Tim Byers will continue to support the CCC as a member as he continues to transition into retirement. A huge THANK YOU to these individuals for their leadership and volunteering their time to lead our Coalition.
 The application for Vice Chair can be found here. We need your help to recruit the best Vice Chair! Please apply or forward the application to a member of our cancer community that can help guide our Coalition to success over the next 3 years. If you would like a member from our current leadership team to reach out to specific individuals to lead our Coalition, please email us their name and contact information. Thank you for your help in this important recruitment process.

The Colorado Cancer Coalition Skin Cancer Task Force was recently highlighted in the Denver Post.

New survey warns Coloradans to keep using sunscreen even when the temperature drops

Excerpt: Some Colorado communities are taking steps to help prevent the number of skin cancers in the state, said Jessica Mounessa, co-chair of the Colorado Skin Cancer Task Force.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment awarded the University of Colorado School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, both members of the Skin Cancer Task Force, a $75,000 grant that will provide UV cameras that can reveal damaged skin to 10 Colorado universities – including Denver University and the University of Colorado Auraria and Boulder campuses.

Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women between 25 and 30, according to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

“Indoor tanning is a huge issue on Colorado campuses,” Mounessa said.

The task force does skin checks and screening at wellness and other events in Denver. It also provides similar services on request from organizations like the U.S. Postal Service, and the Gathering Place, a day-time, drop-in center for homeless women and children

Decreasing UV Radiation is a priority in Colorado. For more information visit the Colorado Cancer Plan
Cancer Plan Goal 2: Increased prevalence of healthy behaviors
Objective 2:3: Decrease exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation. Link to measures and strategies in the Cancer Plan

Disparities are seen in breast cancer screening rates by poverty level, geography, and insurance type. The Colorado Cancer Plan has prioritized the following goals to help decrease these disparities:

– Increase the number of women age 50+ in poverty (under 250% FPL) who had a mammogram in the last two years from 61.3% in 2014 to 81.1% by 2020.

– Increase the number of women age 50+ who live in rural or frontier counties who had a mammogram in the last two years from 66% in 2014 to 81.1% in 2020.

– Increase the number of women age 50+ who have Health First Colorado (Medicaid) who had a mammogram in the last 2 years from 69.3% in 2014 to 81.1% in 2020.




  • Increase access to cancer screening services, including colonoscopy, mammography and low- dose lung CT screening, in rural areas by implementing mobile services, traveling providers, upgraded equipment or increased Medicaid reimbursement.
  • Partner with community-based organizations to reduce barriers (financial, cultural, structural or regional) to obtaining cancer screening services through engagement of community health workers and patient navigators.
  • Provide culturally relevant screening services for medically underserved communities and promote culturally sensitive informed decision-making about screening through engagement of community health workers and patient navigators.
  • Facilitate enrollment in public and private health insurance.
  • Educate Medicaid-eligible Coloradans about their cancer screening coverage, including locations that accept Medicaid.
  • Address limited local provider access for individuals due to insurance coverage, insurance plans accepted by providers, or provider capacity.
  • Educate employers on the importance of providing paid leave for cancer screenings (especially for hourly employees).

For more on the Colorado Cancer Plan:

The Colorado Cancer Plan outlines cancer screening as a high priority for the state. Stakeholders across the state are working to improve the screening rates in women 50+ from 72.4% to 81.1% by 2020. And in women 40-49 from 57.6% to 63.4%.



  • Educate primary care providers on the importance of a provider recommendation and adhering to nationally recognized, evidence based cancer screening guidelines such as the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).
  • Promote informed decision-making at both the provider and individual level regarding breast cancer screening guidelines. Discussions should include the advantages and disadvantages related to the variations in how often and when to begin and end screening based on individual risk.
  • Implement client reminder systems (e.g., print or phone) to advise individuals in need of a cancer screening; messages may be tailored or general.
  • Implement provider-oriented strategies, including provider reminders and recalls to identify when an individual is in need of, or overdue for, a cancer screening test based on individual or family history risk, and provider assessment and feedback interventions that present information about screening provision, in particular through use of an electronic health record system.
  • Deliver one-on-one or group education conducted by health professionals or trained lay people to motivate individuals to seek screenings by ad- dressing indications for and benefits of screening, and what to expect during screening services. Use small media to support this education (e.g., brochures or newsletters).
  • Implement workplace policies to provide paid time off for individuals to complete recommended cancer screenings.
  • Collaborate with health plans to achieve in- creased cancer screening compliance rates, for example through the use of National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Healthcare  Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) cancer screening measures.
  • Implement evidence-based practices through engagement of patient navigators in cancer screening processes.

For more on the Colorado Cancer Plan: